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Dec 24, 2016

Composite Dental Fillings

Composite fillings are the most common dental restoration when we find a caries lesion or when we must repair a tooth that is affected by decay, fracture, cracks, etc. In certain cases, small caries lesions can be treated with fluoride and monitored for any recurrence. We also use a superficial sealants to treat certain caries lesions. With good oral hygiene and healthy eating/drinking habits, small cavities can heal themselves. For caries that do not heal and for more decayed teeth, we use composite fillings.

Composite fillings are often tooth coloured and are the most common filling material we use (we do not use amalgam at Snö). Dental composites are dental cements made of synthetic resins. Synthetic resins evolved as restorative materials since they were insoluble, of good tooth-like appearance, insensitive to dehydration and easy to manipulate.  A composite filling is usually done in one visit. In contrast to amalgam, a dental composite filling can bond to the tooth, seal the filling and is more durable.

A dental filling can look and feel right, but still have quality concerns. At Snö, we always document our dental fillings during treatment in order to ensure our high-quality standard. When a composite filling is suggested, you get a two-year warranty, irrespective of what happens to the filling.

Closure of space (diastema) with composite.

Close up of back teeth (molar). Small caries lesion filled with composite.

Close up of back teeth (premolar). Small caries lesion between teeth filled with composite.

Close up of back teeth (molar). Bigger cavity filled with composite.

Teeth restorations:
Composite fillings
Inlays and Onlays